Hexagons are the theme of the newest issue of Quiltmaker. Check out the creative technique Anita Grossman Solomon uses on page 20 to make two-sided hexagons in her quilt, Hexacadabra. Then flip to the Creative Spark section on page 24 to see variations of the quilt created in EQ7. Check out the Drawing Hexagons in EQ7 lesson available on Quiltmaker’s site too! One way to draw a hexagon with pencil and paper is to inscribe it in a circle. We can draw a hexagon much the same way in EQ7 using the Circle grid on the PatchDraw worktable. Take a look at the lesson and you’ll soon be drawing hexagon blocks like the ones shown in the sampler quilt here.
The new Quiltmaker May/June issue has lots of exciting features. Electric Quilt’s own, Margaret Okuley, designed a beautiful quilt. The issue includes instructions and a material list for the quilt. If you want to make your own version, EQ7 is great for planning the coloring placement. Also….you can win an EQ7! See the magazine for details!
Check out this cute blog hop from one of our EQ users, Bea Lee! She recently posted on her blog, Beaquilter, about the new blog hop starting April 22: EQ (Electric Quilt) Appliqued Animals- Blog Hop April 22nd- 26th If you own EQ and like to “play” with it. This is the BLOG HOP for you!! There will be 3 sub-themes 1: Summer Animals 2: Critters and Bugs 3: Summer garden “stuff” Check out her blog to learn more and sign up. We will be checking in on the submissions you can be sure of that!
Road to California 2013 Quilters’ Conference and Showcase contests have come to a close. And we found at least one EQ user in the bunch! Debra Crine takes the award for Best Quilt from First Time Entrant. Congratulations Debra! (See all the winners here. ) I asked Debra to tell me more about her quilts. She says: Although I am an east coast girl I love the colors, motifs and designs used in southwestern art. This quilt (Desert Daze) was designed in EQ. Majority of the fabrics used are my own hand dyes. I’ve been using EQ since version 5 and design all of my “traditional” quilts using your software. You can see more of my work on my website. Desert Daze, Kiwi, A Splash of Lime and Star Light (soon to be posted) were all designed using EQ. Star Light is a finalist in this years New Quilts from Old Favorites
The newest issue of Quiltmaker focuses on pre-cuts, which is great because who doesn’t have a charm pack or jelly roll in their stash these days? Carolyn Beam’s bright and fun Prints Charming quilt was designed with charm squares in mind. Check out the EQ7 designed variations of Carolyn’s quilt on page 30. Check out the online EQ7 lesson for designing with pre-cuts! Lots of great information for designing around predetermined sizes.
Electric Quilt’s own, Heidi Kory, of Heidi Finds, has written a lesson for the new magazine, Modern Quilts Unlimited. Modern Quilts Unlimited is “following the wave of modern quilting” it’s fun and full of fresh ideas. In the lesson Heidi talks about ways to use traditional blocks to make modern quilts. EQ7 has so many techniques for changing the look of the quilt and blocks, but in this lesson the focus is on different ways to use color within the program. There is also a bonus section of the lesson that is available online. You can check it out here.